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Attention Railfans! Market Street Railway + SF City Guides = Streetcar History Tour on October 31, 2010

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Instead of paying $2 to ride MUNI‘s historic F Line this coming Halloween, why not pay $25 to take the exclusive City Guides Streetcar History Tour? 

All the deets are below.

Or pay $0, your choice:

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All the deets:

City Guides Streetcar History Tour (Oct 31)

Market Street Railway and San Francisco City Guidesare collaborating on a memorable and unique tour along Muni’s historic F-line on Sunday, October 31st. Take part in a festive and informative trip through history!

Join tour guides Ethan Chickering from City Guides and Philip Hoffman from Market Street Railway for an exclusive event aboard one of our “Museums in Motion”. This unique tour celebrating the City’s rich transit history will begin at the San Francisco Railway Museum and will take place from 1-3pm.

Come aboard a vintage streetcar, learn how transit shaped San Franciscoand enjoy Halloween in historical high style! Discover interesting facts about famous Fisherman’s Wharf, traditional North Beach, the scenic Embarcadero and colorful Ferry Plaza, the busy Financial District, world famous Powell & Market, classic Civic Center, imposing Mint Hill and the lively Castro. Period costumes are highly encouraged!

Refreshments will be provided upon conclusion of the tour at a hosted reception inside the San Francisco Railway Museum, where you may view the current exhibition: All The Way Out Market, celebrating the 150th anniversary of rail transit on Market with a special ‘then and now’ photographic exhibit. This special exhibit pairs historic images with contemporary photographs taken in the exact locations, with a corresponding F-line streetcar captured in action.

We are offering members and supporters of Market Street Railway an early bird rate of $20 per person. All proceeds go to support Market Street Railway, and our work to keep San Francisco’s transit history alive. The San Francisco Railway Museum is a program of the non-profit, all volunteer Market Street Railway organization. Please note: As your ticket purchase will provide funds required to charter the streetcar from Muni, all ticket sales must be final.

Tickets become available to the general public on October 1st, at $25 per person.

Space is limited to just 44 passengers, so don’t delay!

Register online »

The Endless Job of Ticketing Cars in the Pink No-Parking Zones of Golden Gate Park

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

This San Francisco Park Ranger had his hands full the other day handing out $88 red zone parking tickets in Golden Gate Park right in front of the Conservatory of Flowers.

Would our tourists all park here if they knew they weren’t supposed to? Probably not. Do the markings on the pavement make sense really? No.

Is the current Bicycle Plan injunction a good excuse for the ridiculous way JFK Drive is marked for traffic and parking these days? Don’t know, You Make The Call.

A target-rich environment on Saturdays, that’s for sure.

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Oh well

CultureBus II? Market Street Railway Says No to MUNI’s $5 F-Line Fare Proposal

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Market Street Railway President President Rick Laubscher has some thoughts this morning about MUNI‘s proposal to raise the cash fare for the F-Market historic streetcar line.

Will the F-Line turn into another fiasco like we just had with the $7 CultureBus 74X? And how will MUNI leader Nat Ford manage to get by making an annual salary that’s merely $308,000 more per year than our Governor’s?

We should get some answers today at City Hall. Stay tuned. 

Here are Rick’s Eight Points:

1. The F-line is a core Muni service and should be treated as such.
2. Muni should collect the fares it’s already charging.
3. The F-line is cost-effective at its current fares.
4. Staff’s revenue assumptions from the fare increase are dubious
5. Different fares at the same Muni stops will slow down operations.
6. “Let ‘em buy a Fast Pass” is not an acceptable response.
7. Exceptionally high fares on the F-line hurt the city’s economic vitality.
8. Muni wants to penalize a line that “people want.”
 
And here’s Rick missive to MUNI riders:

$5 for an F-line Ride? An Open Letter to Nat Ford January 19, 2010 by Rick Laubscher, Market Street Railway
 
On behalf of Market Street Railway, I have sent the email excerpted below to SFMTA Executive Director/CEO Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr.  All are welcome to borrow and elaborate on any of these arguments in your own communications with decision-makers on this matter.

Remember, the SFMTA Board gives initial considerations to its staff’s 2010 budget recommendations, including the proposal to raise F-line fares from $2 to $5, Tuesday, January 19 at 2 p.m., Room 400, City Hall. 

You can reach Mr. Ford at 415-701-4720 or by email here. You can register your opinion with the SFMTA Board members by emailing this address. You can also reach Mayor Newsom at 415-554-6141 or by email here. Your opinion counts.

Read the whole thing, after the jump. 
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Ouch: MUNI Wants to Raise the Fare for Historic F Market Line to $5

Friday, January 15th, 2010

All you freeloaders paying just $2 to ride the historic F Market & Wharves trolleys in San Francisco, well, here’s your wake-up call, via the SF Streetsblog

The SFMTA wants to raise the cash fare to ride the F streetcars 150%, all the way up to five bucks. See?

“Currently approximately 18,500 passengers ride the historics daily. Assuming that 20% pay cash fares, increasing the cash fare by $3.00 over regular cash fare to $5.00 (similar to Cable Cars). Requires BOS review.”

Finally, you deadbeat passengers will have to start pulling your weight.

As seen on Market Street:

In other news, MUNI also wants to cut service on all its remaining lines. See what famous Akit thinks about these affairs right here.

Welcome to 2010, San Francisco.

San Francisco’s Market Street Railway Wishes You a Merry Christmas

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

See?

Number 1818, straight outta Milano, Italy:

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F. Warren Hellman + $5 Million = Bay Area News Project? Hurray!

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

F. Warren Hellman’s Bay Area News Project announcement has been raising a few hackles the past few days. The San Francisco Chronicle frets that a possible KQEDNYTimesUC BerkeleyHellman joint could “threaten the remaining local news industry” and Robert Gammon at the East Bay Express is saying the project “threatens bay area journalism.”   Uh oh.

Our new media overlord, Fonzerelli Warren Kramer Hellman:

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Be sure to read the insane Gammon bit to see what he thinks constitutes ”slave labor.” You see, the UC Berkeley students won’t get paid, so that amounts to slave labor – they’ll be just like the workers of Mittelwerk who were forced to manufacture missiles underground during World War II. Or something like that.    

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Who will free the slave laborers of UC Berkeley’s current MissionLoc@l and the future Bay Area News Project? Is it even necessary to save them?

We should have more reporters! More media! More, I say! Hang those who talk of less!

Check it all out at the Twitter, the Facebook and KQED Forum:

Host: Dave Iverson

Guests:

  • Carl Hall, local representative of the California Media Workers Guild, the union representing the San Francisco Chronicle’s newsroom and commercial departments
  • Jeff Clarke, president and CEO of KQED/Northern California Public Broadcasting
  • Neil Henry, professor and dean of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and author books including “American Carnival: Journalism Under Siege in an Age of New Media”
  • Noelle Leca, chair of the board of directors of KQED/Northern California Public Broadcasting
  • Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and co-author of “The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect”

Good luck BANP!

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Cheer up newsie, help is on the way.

Putting the Historic F-Streetcar Line Back Together, One Overhead Wire at a Time

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Hours after yesterday’s collision and brouhaha in the Castro involving two historic F-Line streetcars (making up the bread part of an SUV sandwich), MUNI workers were still on the job about a half-mile away near the Duboce Yard in the back of the Church Street Safeway.

In technical terms, them wires up there done fell down. So the crew of an awesome yellow truck (with a scissors lift in the middle) came along and started winching things back together high above Market Street, with a quickness. Hurray!

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To the MUNI recovery crew:

For all you do/
This Bud’s for you

Can’t Billionaire Philip Anschutz Afford a Few More Porta-Potties for Bay to Breakers 2009?

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Hey, Colorado Billionaire Philip F. Anschutz! Did you the just run the Bay to Breakers footrace today, as you have so many times before? You’re like 70 years old and you’re clocking six-point-something-minute miles uphill and downhill? My grandmother would need to rest after just walking through the SoMA part of the course. DoOd, you’re a stud.

But what’s up with the race? I mean, you have/had an ownership interest in it, right? And you’re still the ”A” in AEG, I believe. So isn’t it YOUR race – isn’t that what people mean when they say B2B is “privately owned?“ Well, let’s take a look see:

What’s wrong with this picture? Each Porta-Pottie has like at least a dozen people waiting in line. You can’t afford to have enough?  FAIL! Click to expand:

Aren’t you a “B” as in “boy” billionaire? Let’s check your Wiki:

“Philip Frederick Anschutz (born 28 December 1939 in Russell, Kansas) is an American businessman and supporter of conservative Christian causes. With an estimated current net worth of around $7.8 billion, he is ranked by Forbes as the 31st richest person in the USA.”

Your race is undercapitalized? Just can’t afford an appropriate amount of temporary bathrooms?

Here’s the reverse angle:

And here’s the result of mismanagement of resources. See? It’s the other side of the toilets. Is this the end of the world? No, it’s not. But your Smitherseses from New Yawk at AEG always place 0% of the blame on themselves, and that’s not right.

(Not sure what’s up with this. Some people should behave better, of course. Oh well.)

Do you think that I’d ever dream of buying up a storied civic event in Colorado like Park County Cow Days or something? I wouldn’t even if I could. But if I did, I’d make sure there were enough Porta-Potties for all, incuding those melon farmers who didn’t bother to register, stealing MY MONEY!!! I’d say fix this issue, make it so, inform my banker of any additional needs. But that’s just how I roll. (I also wouldn’t impose big town San Francisco values on small town Colorado neither, like making nudity mandatory at Cow Days or requiring all the doods to kiss each other, or something.)

How do you roll, Philip? How will you be remembered after you escape this mortal coil? You know back in the day, San Francisco had a general vote to tell Andrew Carnegie to cram it with walnuts when he wanted to donate money for libraries about town. Well, good thing that election turned out the way it did in 1912, because the legacy of AC is a brace of Carnegie Libraries in San Francisco. Like this.

What’s your legacy going to be, Philip Frederick Anschutz? Becks and Posh moving to L.A., Narnia movies, and being the kind of guy who was too cheap to properly finance and manage the Bay to Breakers? 

Is that right?

Gotta make a change

For once in my life

It’s gonna feel real good

Gonna make a difference

Gonna make it right.

P.S. Thank you for not asking us to pay for your windpower projects, the way that Pickens guy is doing. Srsly.

The Ferry Building’s Port of San Francisco, or is it “PORT F SAN RANCISCO”?

Monday, March 16th, 2009

The touristas coming in on the ferry boats might almost believe the PORT F part of this scene, but the “RANCISCO” part gives away the fact that a couple of letters were missing on this evening.

It looks nice nevertheless.

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The Roller Skaters of Golden Gate Park Know How to Have a Good Time

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Just look at these people oscillate wildly on a pleasant Sunday in Golden Gate Park at 368 John F Kennedy Jr Drive near Fulton and 6th Avenue.

You’d think some group would come along to put an end to this footloose tomfoolery, but be patient – somebody will find a reason to put a stop to this, soon enough.

Furry, bright red mukluks (as modeled by David Miles, Jr., the “Godfather of Skating”) strictly optional, as are skates, apparently. Let your freak flag fly, people. Click to expand:

In the meantime, cue the music and get on out there to the Skatin’ Place, which is not far from the Sundays-only, free, beginners-welcome Lindy in the Park swing dance thing. 

Bring your flashlight if you want to stay late.

See you there!

When: Sundays, 12pm – 6pm
Where: Skatin’ Place – 6th Ave. and JFK Drive – San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park (map)
Description: Every Sunday Kennedy Drive in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is closed to auto traffic. The roadway is transformed into a 21st century recreational paradise where skaters, bikes, runners and other park users use the asphalt to have a great time. There is a special area at 6th Avenue and Kennedy Drive called, “Skatin’ Place”. Here skaters boogie to the music all day long. They glide with style and grace. Some work on skate dance routines. Others hone their skills on the slalom course. Many sit on the hillside and watch in awe. It is the greatest example of a public outdoor roller rink in the middle of Golden Gate Park.